One of the most helpful things to create for your wedding day is the wedding timeline. The timeline is the one document that will keep everyone involved in your wedding on track. From your photographer, to your venue, all your vendors, and even your wedding party, there are a lot of moving pieces! You’ll want to make sure everyone is on the same page, so your day runs smoothly. The wedding timeline is especially important for your photographer, as it ensures they have adequate time to capture all the photographs you want for your wedding day. Here a few helpful tips to think about when creating your wedding timeline.
Find a Sample Wedding Timeline
It’s completely normal to feel a little overwhelmed by the daunting task of scheduling out the entire day. That’s where the experts come in. Find someone who has gone through this before and use their timeline as a jumping off point for creating your own. Your photographer can be a great resource, since the wedding timeline is so important to their schedule for the day! Feel free to shoot me a message, and I would be more than happy to send you a sample timeline and walk you through how to update it to fit your needs!
Include Travel Time
Is the location you’re getting ready at different than the location of your ceremony? Is your ceremony different than the location of your reception? If you’ll be traveling between venues at any point during the day remember to include travel time. Otherwise, your timeline could be thrown off! Know how long it takes to travel from place to place, and make sure to take traffic into consideration. If there’s any place you’ll want to add extra buffer time, it’s here!
Know What Time the Sun Sets
Lighting is key for good pictures! If you’re planning on having portraits taken outside, keep in mind what time the sun sets, and plan accordingly. If you’re having a fall or winter wedding the sun sets much earlier. In these months, if you’re not doing a first look, you may want to consider having your ceremony earlier in the day. This will allow more time to take photos of you and your bridal party outside!
If at any time you feel stuck, aren’t sure how long things typically take, or just don’t know where to start, please reach out! I’ve seen a ton of wedding timelines in the past, and I am more than happy to chat with you to help talk you through the timing for the day. Rest assured, together we’ll create the perfect wedding timeline and so that your day runs smoothly!